Looking deeper into Josh Rosen‘s first win as the Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback.
On Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals defeated the 49ers by 10 points with a 28-18 victory. Both sides of the ball played well at times but it wasn’t a perfect game by any means. Besides being the franchise’s first win of the season, it was also rookie Josh Rosen’s first win as the Arizona Cardinals’ starting quarterback. Here, we’ll break down the good and bad from his first NFL triumph.
He Forces The Issue
Unlike his predecessor Sam Bradford, Josh Rosen is not afraid to throw the ball down the field. On his first pass attempt, he threw a bomb to Christian Kirk that traveled 50 yards through the air and followed it up with several other attempts over 20 yards.
As I wrote about yesterday, this is something Arizona fans can be excited about now, and in the future. Both are rookies, but also friends, and it shows because they’re obviously synced up. Having a special connection with your receiver is huge and in their case, they definitely have something special brewing.
He Stays Off The Ground
Not to knock Bradford again but quite frankly, the guy had lead feet. In three games, he was sacked six times and rarely extended plays. On the contrary, Rosen took just one sack in each of his first two starts and regularly gives his receivers opportunities extra time to get open.
In his first two starts, Rosen has not thrown an interception or lost a fumble. Bradford, in three starts, had six turnovers combined. When you are limited in the weapons department, this factor can be the difference between being blown out or hanging tight. So far, Rosen has definitely given them a better chance to win games.